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All rise for the young heroes at Humanitarian Citizen Awards ceremony

14 November 2009

Humanitarian citizens awards superhero mask© InfoThe winners of this year’s British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards have been called to order at an exclusive award ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The young winners gathered in the prestigious Parliamentary terrace pavillion – overlooking the Thames and in the shadow of Big Ben – on 14 November to receive their gongs from Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes.

The Red Cross’ annual Humanitarian Citizen Awards, sponsored by Canon, celebrate the contribution that young individuals and groups make to the lives of others. The overall group award went to beat young ambassadors, a group of young people with experience of eating disorders who help other young sufferers and their familes. They also promote a better understanding of this difficult issue to the media, government and wider public.

‘Proud of myself’

Young ambassador Rachel said: “I’ve had the opportunity to do some amazing things – speak at the House of Commons, and meet with my local MP and journalists. I’m starting to be proud of myself.”

Vikki George (24), from Surrey, was overall winner in the individual category. Despite being bedbound with severe ME for seven years, Vikki set up and runs the Post Pals website, which encourages members of the public to send cards, gifts and emails to brighten the lives of ill children.

Vikki said: “Although I hoped it would catch on, I didn't dream it would touch as many lives as it has. I'm so very proud of it!”

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